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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 17,607 posts (18,192 including aliases). 7 reviews. 4 lists. No wishlists. 16 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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Howie23 wrote:
BNW, I haven't kept up with the PFS guide. Is the atonement for alignment switch called out, or is that just a suggestion to avoid the frowns?

From the PFS FAQ

A character may only worship one deity at a time; the character may change which deity she worships between sessions at no cost. If this change requires the character to change alignment, the character is required to pay for an atonement. Any element incompatible with the new deity no longer functions. These elements may be retrained at normal cost using the rules from Ultimate Campaign.

While thats for switching deities and alignments not classes and alignments I think the same thing might apply.

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Hangman Henry IX wrote:
if players have problems with how a gm is ruling they should complain to their vl or vc. if said gm is a vl or vc, they should complain higher up the food chain. that is the only way things will change.

DM gets a note, DM gets annoyed, DM stops dming. DM either gets replaced by someone with less experience who is probably going to be at least as bad, or worse, doesn't get replaced at all and games stop happening.

Make sure the sin is big enough to run the risk.

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Its pathfinder society, so he's bound by those evil paizo fascists!

You're voluntarily switching alignments, so you need to get an atonement to switch. for 450 gp (9th level caster X 5th level spell X 10 gp)

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Putting evolutions on something that doesn't doesn't belong in combat is no big deal. PUtting evolutions on a monster summons which can lack a little omh isn't bad. Putting evolutions on an animal companion, which can already rival a lot of fighters is bad.

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pretty sure it just means that the land rush chronicle itself doesn't count.

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The checkout procedure has more than a few bugs.

Its not immediately obvious what you're supposed to press when you're done. The big squares saying steps 1 2 3 don't look like something you're supposed to interact with.

The line for your credit card info is above the line for your address. You enter your credit card info, enter your address and... the site deletes your credit card info.

The box for "select address" keeps popping up even with an address entered. It covers the aforementioned 1 2 3 box preventing you from advancing the process.

Shipping:

A lot of the items ship from different places apparently, resulting in some pretty high shipping charges. 5 dollars shipping for a 10 dollar character folio that I tried to combine with another order seems a little nuts.

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And this is why I can't open the core rule book and try to point out a rule without someone thinking I'm up to something.

Thank you for giving rules lawyers a bad name.

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as long as they're not calling soda pop.

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Double dipping stat + same stat is questionable, as it appears to be stacking from the same source.

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Its not the badger. He has an axe on his back and a crossbow in his hands. Axes have a core only viable combat style. Crossbows do not.

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Don't worry, my core rule book has no cover unless you count ductape, and Bleeding sun and I only play online together so his player is safe.

His characters on the other hand...

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The Morphling wrote:

Ban the revelation then, don't re-word the ability to mock its intent, heh. As I thought, there's a lot of emotion here. It seems both of you are actively offended by the fact that the ability exists.

As a sidenote, the idea that a once-per-creature reroll will slow the game down is silly. I've played and GM'd for several Misfortune oracles and there is no slowdown of the game.

The problem isn't that the ability exists, the problem is that it was clearly intended to be a debuff to your enemies, but instead it either debuffs your enemies OR acts just like the fortune hex at will. The raw and intent appear to be off.

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Under A Bleeding Sun wrote:
Good trick for PFS though where RAW is the rule of the land. Yet another amazing job by the ACG! As a matter of fact, I may make one of these guys just to troll GM's.

Allow me to present my rebuttal as to this techniques legality, passed down from generation to generation of DMs.

Core rulebook to the head!

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Its not just when combats are brutal its when combats are frustrating: absurd dr/hardness for the tier and the very over used swarms, guaranteed surprise rounds and incorporeals frustrate the player by leaving them sitting there for half an hour soaking up damage and drain when they can't do anything.

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Doesn't work for druids. The evolution only works on summon monster.

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Heirloom weapon for the club passed down from father to son for generations? There's a new scarf you should pick up at some point to give you reach.

Auspicious tattoo for +1 to will saves

anything for +1 fort saves, for your horrible fort save. Call it "i ate what?" for your jungle survival skills.

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Like a few items in the book, it looks like it was edited to start the explanation halfway through. It assumes an animal wearing it, so just go with that.

Some collars say "any creature" and I'll slap those on party members that don't have a neck slot available.

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graystone wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:


Description: You need two hands to use a bow, regardless of its size. A longbow is too unwieldy to use while you are mounted.
Now are those metaphorical hands, real hands or some other kind of hands they haven't told us about?

Whichever gives you the least mechanical advantage.

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Holds a pair of dinner rolls over the newts ears

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Stunned

A stunned creature drops everything held, can't take actions, takes a –2 penalty to AC, and loses its Dexterity bonus to AC (if any).

Attackers receive a +4 bonus on attack rolls to perform combat maneuvers against a stunned opponent.

*headscratch* I don't see how you're getting a coup de grace out of that.

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blackbloodtroll wrote:
I can find no reason, that additional unwritten rules exist, to further contradict RAW, and have the Bow count as a two-handed weapon, solely for the unwritten restriction, regarding two-weapon fighting.

I can find no raw why humans don't have 12 arms either. The fact is that the game doesn't describe in minute detail how every day mundane objects work, nor does it need to. You are a human with bilateral symmetry: you know how many arms you have. A bow is not such an obscure device that you don't know how to fire one and you know its done with two hands.

Description: You need two hands to use a bow, regardless of its size. A longbow is too unwieldy to use while you are mounted.

If you are trying to finagle some mechanical advantage out of the difference between a two handed weapon and a weapon that it takes two hands to use then stop. You are finagling, not reading.

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SQUIRREL!
chases

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A shapeshifted non druid still needs

-Some way to manipulate a component
-some means of making the gestures

for the VAST majority of spells. Its really only good for scouting and still talking to your party.

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Balderdash! He's an atheist muslim fascist communist weak willed dictator deciduous cactus!

The next poster once got 47 needles in their behind at once.

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gnoams wrote:
I've thought about writing reviews, but there's no obvious way from the scenarios page to submit a review, so I didn't bother spending time hunting for how to do it. If reviewing was more user friendly, I'd do it.

I know the feeling.

If you look on the product page you'll see ***s and under that

Write a review of Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–20: The Sealed Gate (PFRPG) PDF!

If you're just glancing at the page it looks like the first review.

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And encounters are always run correctly.... :)

This is one of those encounters where a little bit of user error goes a LONG way, and we both know there's a lot of room for user error on the part of Dms. Some players are going to die , throw down an angry one star review, and not want to waste their money on such a "horrible scenario that killed me 3 seconds into the action), or don't have the near eidict memmory it would take to spot the DMs error while reading the tactics.

I know thats a really narrow wall to walk: If you don't push players they roflcopter your encounters and complain its too easy. If you push them to the edge some of the thousands of dms playing it WILL screw it up, get players killed and get players ANGRY.

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(spoiler)Secrets man was not meant to know! (/spoiler)

Replace () with [ ]

and you get

Spoiler:
Secrets man was not meant to know!

(spoiler= What measure is a tespoon )Secrets man was not meant to know! (/spoiler)

Replace () with [ ]

and you get

What measure is a teaspoon:
Secrets man was not meant to know!

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Trample may be.. creatively interpreting rather than breaking the rules.

Trample works like overrun
Overrun works on a charge
You can do a half charge in a surprise round.

Either that, people don't know the trample rules, or the thing just won initiative and trampled the group. We almost lost more than a few party members to that when I ran it: once it was in reach the gunslinger didn't want to fire. Would have been a few more if it hadn't gotten a 2 on its fort save vs. the snowball.

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Kryzbyn wrote:


I suppose so, but Mr. Brown's wounds don't exactly counter it, either.

Its more consistent with having your hands up, exposing your arms to the line of fire, than in a rhino charge which would present almost no profile for the forearms.

The pause in his shooting doesn't help either.

Neither the implausibility of the alleged actions nor the forensics or the unexplained pause are themselves enough to contradict the "friend of a friends" version of events, but each one is out of synch enough to present a pretty damning picture in aggregate.

Furgeson police have gotten caught in so many blatant cover ups (assault for bleeding on a uniform, intimidating and arresting news reporters, "no we didn't use tear gas") that a cover up is almost to be expected, rather than something straining credibility. I mean if thats how they act when they KNOW the camera is watching them with people they know buy ink by the barrel, how on earth do they act when no one that will be believed or listened to is watching?

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Krensky wrote:

Come on BNW, everyone knows that black teenage males are all so dumb, violent and hopped up on cheap cigarillos and rap music that they'll snap and turn into foaming berserker animals at the least excuse.
[/sarcasm]

And reefer! Don' forget that if there are traces of pot in your system that means you're obviously under the effects of the reefer madness!

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For small minis on a large character, simply move the mini onto an intersection instead of into a square.

Were you focusing fire on the spiders or spreading it around?

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trollbill wrote:
Walter Sheppard wrote:


That awesome-pede just wrecked our party in the surprise round. Dishing out 51 damage to everyone in the opening round was pretty solid, and sent us straight in to triage mode.
Where is everyone getting this surprise round from? There is no mention of it in the text that it gets auto surprise and the monster has a fricken -5 to stealth. So who is getting surprised?

Many DMs inculde a surprise round for almost any fight.

You didn't announce you were ready for a fight!
You didn't say you were using your eyes!
They all have readied actions as you walk in.

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Grats!

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ShadowcatX wrote:

I haven't been following the events (or this thread) super closely, but I saw this and needed to remark on it:

So, police threatened to kill a member of the media (on camera), while pointing a gun at them.

Now take the camera part out and THEN figure out what the official report would have been.

"Disingenuous members of the liberal media embedded with the rioters risked the lives of innocent people by attempting to escalate an already dangerous situation by provoking the police officers. Their attempts were unsuccessful thanks to the officers considerable restraint"

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Kryzbyn wrote:

black guy resisting arrest after a strong arm robbery, taunting and then rushing the attempted arresting officer who has a gun drawn over 20 paces away = stupid.

Hell, anyone doing that is stupid. Stupid is color blind.

The problem is that its also so stupid that it strains credibility.

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apparently Kingdom of Loathing was raised by dwarves...

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David Neilson wrote:
Hopefully we might see some as boon. I would say "Who would be foolish enough to drink strange fluids" but this is the Pathfinder Society.

Or the scenarios could put in strange fluids and arm removers for foolish players hoping to get a boon...

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TheJeff wrote:
Cop shooting a black man because he thinks black men are scary dangerous thugs: Prejudice.

To be fair, cops HATE it when you're bigger than they are and its obvious that enforcing their authority by knocking your head around isn't going to work.

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Millefune wrote:
Does this mean that Tahonikepsu won the vote to be the leader of the Jeweled/Scarab Sages?

By a landslide.

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They do not stack. They override.

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No, killing all the PCs with an NPC 12 levels too high for them is something you should save for truly momentous acts of darwin award baiting, not a moment of desperation. If she can feel all nasty and evil she can probably also feel her kidneys going back into place. I would have had her feign unconciousness until she could figure out what was going on, or at least give them a diplomacy check for a quick "sorry! only healing i had.. evil dragon trying to kill us! Please tell me you're a high level adventurer or something!"

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Jackalopefox wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Both you and your eidolon share a magical symbol that can't be hidden with magic. (you may however, wear a hat) . Its mostly so the bad guy with a little knowledge arcana that wants to get rid of your eidolon can say "Kill him my minions!" and kill you to get rid of the eidolon.

I wasn't trying to hid it i was going to try to add more rune to it

it looks like whatever you want it to look like, so just draw a bigger rune on your character sheet.

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Both you and your eidolon share a magical symbol that can't be hidden with magic. (you may however, wear a hat) . Its mostly so the bad guy with a little knowledge arcana that wants to get rid of your eidolon can say "Kill him my minions!" and kill you to get rid of the eidolon.

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In a word, Meh.

The change hasn't come with any mechanical changes yet, and not an awful lot of thematic changes for me. Maybe because I came in at season 3 when the national warring was already taking a back seat, but my characters have been tied more to the theme of the factions than a particular nation. Corvus has been vocally Liberty's edge for almost 3 years now...

The grand lodge theme of "explore the mawangi expanse" doesn't really hit home until there's a grand lodge vanity that actually helps you do that.
Traits in that direction would have to wait for an entirely new character, and even then there are so many wonderful traits out there nothing on the same power level as the other faction traits is going to get a second look.

Shadow lodge for life!

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Pummeling dragon style. Be what the monk was meant to be!

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So.. your skills are useless unless you have a feat you can't take?

Two handed Adamantite lockpicks for everyone!

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Fearspect wrote:
I guess, at the end of the day, I just don't see the difference between being able to do what I listed a few posts up, and upgrading a +1 Longsword into a +2 Vorpal Longsword (both of which are listed in that same section of the 'Adding New Abilities' Section), which is allowed in PFS.

The difference is that the custom magic item section of the book is a guideline, and it is spelled out as such. It is very, VERY breakable and it knows that, and says it explicitly. The limiting factor on it is the DM who can look at an item and tell whether or not this thing is broken , not the rules themselves. Without it, you wind up with things like use activated true striking swords

Mike brock doesn't have time to banhammer ever single loopholed, munchkined item 100,000 rules lawyers can come up with, so the process isn't allowed.

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TOZ wrote:
Can you quantify exactly how ridiculous each effect is? What unit of measurement are we using?

64 cowflops to the barrel, 8 barrels to the cart, 1,000 carts to the congress.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Bigguyinblack wrote:
Actually I posted here on purpose because the argument thus far is that per PFS rules the forced reroll is a PVP action.
The No PVP rule says you cannot intentionally kill another PC. Forcing them to reroll a failed save is not intentionally killing them.

Well, assuming they think they've failed your right. There's a few characters where i'd say "No, you know what I think I'm good with a 2 on the die."

Every dm is going to do this slightly differently. Generally you want the other players permission before you do anything to their character, they should get the hint of what you're doing after a good reroll or two.

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ShadowcatX wrote:
And once again, everything is Israel's fault and Hamas can do no wrong. My bad. Much better to spend your efforts making tunnels that will get your people killed than to spend those same efforts saving your peoples lives because, obviously, if you can't make everything perfect for anyone you shouldn't try and make anything better for anyone.

Hamas can do no thing would just about cover it.

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